Whether you want to find collaboration partners or apply for research funding, you need to be able to clearly communicate what your research project is about and how you intend to collaborate.
Meeting potential partners
When you are looking for collaboration partners outside the academy, it can be wise to describe early on:
- your project idea.
- what is new with your research.
- what the intended partner can get out of being part of the project.
- in which way(s) you would like to involve the partner in question.
- in which of the phases you want the partner to be involved.
- who might benefit from the project's long-term effects and how the results will be communicated.
In your application
Many funders require that the research that is financed must take place in collaboration with the actors concerned and/or benefit society at large. However, exactly what is requested can differ, both between funders and different calls for proposals.
Some questions that you usually need to answer in your application are:
- With whom or which organisation do you collaborate?
- Why do you do that?
- Who are the consumers? That is, those who can take part in the long-term effects of the project.
- What are the benefits of your research project, to your partner and to society?